York University applauds Canada’s commitment to invest in research at post-secondary institutions


TORONTO, February 27, 2018 – York University President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton applauds the Government of Canada for its significant investment in research that will ensure Canada remains competitive and a leader in the global economy.

In presenting his 2018 federal budget, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced a nearly $4 billion boost over five years into Canada’s research system. The investments announced in the Budget will strengthen Canada’s capacity for ground-breaking discovery research, provide funding for equipment and tools to support research, help attract and retain talented people, and foster the culture of innovation that Canada needs to thrive in the globally competitive research environment.

“Today’s budget sends a strong message that the Canadian government recognizes the importance of investing in both applied and discovery-based research and strategic research infrastructure, enabling Canada’s universities to build on their strengths in advancing creativity, knowledge production and commercialization potential, and ensuring that Canadian expertise is at the global table, contributing solutions to the world’s most challenging problems and helping to drive the economy forward,” said Lenton.

The support for research delivered by the Government of Canada through the three federal granting councils (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) is vital to the success of Canada’s researchers. York is pleased to see the government commit to investing $925 million over five years and a commitment for ongoing funding for all three granting councils. In addition, the budget includes a commitment to create a new tri-council fund to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and higher-risk research.

York is pleased with the government’s commitment to increased and sustained funding to support state-of-the-art infrastructure through the CFI, funding projects that fuel research by investing in research-specific facilities and equipment. This investment of $763 million over five years will help to realize the development of strategic research facilities, enabling universities to leverage matching funds from provincial governments, private-sector partners and other supporting contributions from non-profit sector organizations and private donors in the development of world-class research facilities and centres.

The budget also makes commitments that will increase diversity in research and help develop Canada’s next generation of research leaders. This commitment is in complete alignment with York University’s values and strategic priorities and we are pleased to see this commitment by the Federal Government.

Lastly, the government’s commitment to increase the Research Support Fund by investing $231.3 million over five years will provide York University with additional resources to cover indirect costs of research.

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